Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great - Rick Meyerowitz

Irreverent?  Definitely.  Offensive?  Eh, maybe.  The satirical pages of the National Lampoon captured the lunacy and hypocrisy in American culture and politics in the 1970s and ’80s. DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Writers and Artists who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great (Abrams, $40) is a coffee-table-book-sized celebration of many of the best and most memorable stories, comics, photo-essays, fake ads, and other miscellany that left us howling and nodding our heads when they were first published.  It’s all still funny... really funny.  Artist and writer Rick Meyerowitz has organized the contents by the Lampoon’s most legendary editors and regular contributors.  Co-founders Doug Kenney and Henry Beard are remembered here, along with writers like P.J. O’Rourke, Michael O’Donoghue, and Jeff Greenfield.  Classic cartoonists like Charles Rodrigues, Gahan Wilson, and Sam Gross (among others) are represented in their subversive and hilarious glory.